Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Calendar of Indy Family Events for February 2013!

Community Service Events HERE!

Ongoing events and venues year round HERE!

Hearthside Suppers
Conner Prairie
Select evenings thru March 25
Recommended for ages 10 and older
(We went in 2010 and LOVED it!!)

Discover the Dinosaurs
Feb 1-3
Indiana State Fairgrounds
60 museum quality and animatronic dinosaurs; Indoor interactive exhibit with face painting, bounce houses, and activities for kids; some attractions are additional costs
Adults: $16; Kids ages 2-11: $11

Children’s Museum
FREE for First Thursday 2/7  from 4-8PM
FREE for President’s Day 2/18

Pacers Family Fun Nights
Feb 8 and 22, March 22, April 12
$60 for a family 4-pack; Purchase a family ticket and each person gets game entrance, t-shirt, hot dog, chips and Pepsi

World of Wheels Auto Show
Feb 8-10
Indiana State Fairgrounds
Kids Day Friday, Feb 8 with coupon HERE!
Tickets: Adults $15; Kids ages 6-12 $5
Get More Info Here!

Lowes Build and Grow Clinic
Saturday, February 9
“Wheel of Love”

“Valentine’s Day Cabaret”
Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio
(Read our “Crew Review” of the studio HERE!)
February 9-10
Tickets and show times on their website

2012 Ford 58th Annual Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show
February 15-24
Tickets: Adults-$13, Children 6-12 $8, 5 and under Free!

“Pinkalicious” at Beef and Boards
February 15-March 6

Free Community Day at Conner Prairie
President’s Day, Monday, February 18

Free Admission at the Children’s Museum
President’s Day, Monday, February 18

Book Benefit and Bazaar
Saturday, February 23
Fishers Library
39 vendors offering sales and info in support of youth services and early literacy programs at the library
Email for more info: fishersmomsclubne@yahoo.com

Kids Helping Kids Garage Sale
Saturday, February 23
Noblesville Parks and Rec
Clean out the toys and closets, this sale is for kids, by kids!  Profit is kept by the kids!  Admission and table rental go towards programs in Noblesville Parks and Rec
Vendors: $12/table; Non-residents $17/table
Admittance: $1/person

Polar Bear Run
Saturday, February 23
31st Annual 3-mile and 5-mile runs…great for friends and family!

Summer Camp Fair 2013
Saturday, February 23
The Fashion Mall at Keystone
Explore 75+ overnight camps, day camps and summer programs.  We will provide lots of fun entertainment from Radio Disney, face painters, our prize wheel, and much more! Every child who attends will also receive a free ID from Kids BMV.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Fort Rapids Indoor Water Park Resort, Columbus, Ohio

We did a 4-day, 3-night getaway recently and stayed at Fort Rapids Indoor Water Park Resort in Columbus, Ohio over winter break for two of those nights.  It was a fabulous trip and the kids had a blast!  

We got all the details we needed from their website HERE and also did a search online for any coupons  prior to making our reservation.  We found one for $50 off our first night on this website HERE!  The condition of the coupon was that we had to phone in the reservation, which actually worked to our benefit because we asked what their best rates were when we called and they quoted us at $20 off the online pricing per night from the "Villa" room AND they gave us $50 off the lower quoted price for the first night using the coupon.  (Online pricing was $279 per night; Verbal quote was $259, less the $50 coupon for the first night's rate of $209, plus taxes {as of 1/4/13 on our visit...pricing may vary}).  The hotel pricing includes water park passes for two days for the occupancy limit of the rooms....ours was 6.

The down side to the visit is that the restaurant was not really in full working order.  It was a quieter time of year on weekday nights just after New Years in January, so we figured they were in the slower season and had less employees on board.  We were able to order from their menu at the bar and eat it in our room one night and our family did enjoy breakfast in the restaurant the next morning, but they were way understaffed and service was pretty slow.  The food was good though!  From that point on, we ended up shopping at Kroger nearby and getting treats and easy-prep meals to make in our room using the microwave there.  There is also a snack bar with concession-style food for purchase while at the water park.  They did tell us that in busier seasons they have a breakfast buffet in the restaurant, so make sure to inquire when you decide to go.

Other amenities at the Resort included: old-time photos, arcade, a gift shop and party rooms.  We did not participate in any of those, but it seemed like they were nice options for your trip.

We've been to three indoor water parks in the Indiana/Ohio area (see those Crew Reviews below) and found of those three, this was by far the best!  (We have NOT been to Great Wolf Lodge, so we can't make that comparison).  It was well staffed with lifeguards and very, very clean.  The water park facilities are SO MUCH FUN and we were well entertained for ages 3-39!  We give this stop two thumbs up and suggest you put it on your list of places to visit sometime soon.  Coming from the Indy area, it would be great for those traveling through town or looking for a 3-hour road trip at any time of year!

Grab a mat and shoot head first down the racer slides!

The purple slide is in the kiddie area, but honestly as an adult, if you lay down on your back with hands across your chest, you can pick up some speed....don't be fooled by the kiddie area!  It was one of my favorites!!

Water slides, dumping buckets, sprayers, levels to climb....so many options!

Ideal for the littles, this depth reaches no more than 18" deep.  Four short slides and basketball hoops make this a fun space!  Not pictured is a lazy river, hot tubs for ages 18+, a swimming pool, 2 fast and windy tube slides, and another tube slide my kids called the "toilet" that shoots you out into a bowl until you go down the drain!

The room we chose was the "Villa" and was the lowest priced one on the list.  To our surprise it came with a sitting area with a TV and a pull-out couch.  It also had two sinks, a private toilet/shower area, 2 queen beds, and an additional TV.  Perfect for this family of 6!

This small kitchenette area really came in handy!  Microwave, fridge, cabinets, counter top and a dryer!  Perfect!

As I write this on our 3-hour trip back to Indy, all four of my kids are fast asleep!  We asked the kids if they enjoyed the trip and a loud, unanimous "YES" filled the van as we pulled away.  Then our oldest followed it with a "Thank you Mom and Dad!"  Well, perfect.  You're happy, we're happy!  

Enjoy your road trip and as always, let us know if you go!

Read More Crew Reviews HERE!

Want more water park reviews?

Caribbean Cove in Indy HERE!
Big Splash Adventure in French Lick HERE!